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North East Councils get electric car charging point grants – Journal Live

By The Journal | 1 Aug 2013 08:44
Councils will install scores more electric car charging points with more than £1m in grants from the Government.

Northumberland County Council is the region’s biggest beneficiary, given £997,500 to build a network of charging points, mainly in town centres and at the county’s tourist attractions.

Gateshead receives £150,000, which will see some of the distinctive blue posts installed as part of the regeneration of Birtley, Blaydon and Felling, while Durham gets £67,500 and Sunderland £29,500 from the Department for Transport. Adrian White, Durham County Council’s head of transport, said: “It is important that we support and develop sustainable transport options and, as such, we have already created a network of 35 electric vehicle charging points at venues across the county including Park and Ride sites and on-street parking areas.

“The OLEV funding has been awarded specifically for the provision of charging points at council venues, meaning we can further increase the use of electric vehicles within our fleet, saving money and reducing emissions.

“The charging points will also be available to the public on a pay-as-you-go basis through the Charge Your Car national network of re-charging points.”



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